INFORMS News: N.J. Chapter presents Student Award

Jamol Pender (left) and David Hunt, chair of the N.J. Student Contest.

Jamol Pender (left) and David Hunt, chair of the N.J. Student Contest.

The New Jersey Chapter of INFORMS named Jamol Pender of Princeton University the winner of the third annual Student Contest for his work on “Skewness Variance Approximation for Dynamic Rate Multi-Server Queues with Abandonment.” This was joint research with his advisor William Massey. The N.J. Chapter will helped offset Jamol’s expenses so he could present his work at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Charlotte, N.C.

The Student Contest is open to all students who are a resident of New Jersey or who are attending a New Jersey college. Extended abstracts were submitted and four finalists were selected. The finalists presented their work at a New Jersey Chapter meeting in October, and a panel of judges selected the winner.

Other finalists included: Rose Kiwanuka and Yao Zhao of the Rutgers Business School for “Selling and Inventory Strategies for the Kenya Coffee Supply Chain”; Özlem Çavus and Andrzej Ruszczynski of Rutgers University for “Risk-Averse Optimal Path Problems for Markov Models”; and Gang Wang and Lei Lei of the Rutgers Business School for “Polynomial-Time Solvable Cases of the Capacitated Multi-Echelon Shipping Network Scheduling Problem with Delivery Deadlines.”